Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nutella & Filo Wrapped Banana with Toasted Coconut

Ooooh baby.
You done yet? No? Dirty minds, people, dirty minds.

I'm currently on an airplane (clearly not as I post this, but as I write this) on my way to San Jose. Don't ask, just accept. Last night I was puttering around the house, bored to death as I usually am this time of year. I decided I wanted to make something. The problem with this was that I didn't know what to make. I had decided on savory, but was rebuked by a certain female parent of mine, who also added that I should  use up the package of filo in the freezer. Due to my 6 AM wake-up call, I couldn't really occupy my time with anything substantial, and since my first (and only) experiment with filo was a bit of a disaster, I decided that I would make something that embraced my poor filo-wrangling skills.

For those of us who have the uncanny ability to rip every single sheet of this paper-like dough, it is imperative that we touch it as little as possible, utilizing as little tension as possible. This means that cutting is out. This also means that minimal folding is in, as is rolling. Oh, and any filling with potentially sharp edges? Death wish (you know, for the filo). First and foremost, I was inspired by the Nutella obsession currently making its way through my Twitter feed. The problem with using just Nutella is that it isn't a very bulky filling, which means the filo would require cutting, and if not cutting, lots of folding to pare down one sheet. My Nutella needed a friend.

A Love Story: Nutella, meet Banana. Banana, meet Nutella.  Together at last. And then they found a lawyer and adopted some toasted coconut. The End. Freaking delicious. Look, I know it's not normal to look at a banana and declare that you're going to smother it in Nutella and then wrap it in filo such that it resembles a poorly executed tribute to a yet-to-be-determined hazelnut-loving fertility god. I didn't intend for it to be so...phallic. I originally intended for it to look like a banana wrapped in filo. You see, my dears, I went against the rules and tried to wrap a banana--as is--in filo, and this was the result:

Ugliest picture to ever grace this blog. Small in size to protect your virtue.

Not pretty, right? I quickly learned that a slight adjustment in both the angle and curvature of the banana made all the difference (as such adjustments ought to do). My adventurous spirit triggered the ultimate success: an easy peasy suggestive dessert, sure to lighten up everyone's mood (regardless of one's tendency to live in the gutter). 

Nutella & Filo Wrapped Banana with Toasted Coconut

Cooked banana does not look pretty.

1 Banana
2 Tbsp. Nutella
2 sheets filo dough, thawed
3 Tbsp. coconut
melted butter

Toast your coconut! Put it in a frying pan, heat on low, moving around every minute or so until browned.  Lay out a sheet of filo, and brush it with butter. Lay the second sheet over it, and brush with butter. From short side to short side (you know, the length of the dough), slather a line of Nutella down the middle. Sprinkle with coconut. Take your banana and straighten it out a little bit, but don't break it in half. Lay it over your filling. Gently fold the top of the dough over the banana. Brush butter on any dry pieces to prevent breakage. Fold in the sides and brush more butter on any exposed dry pieces. Now continue to gently roll until banana is sealed up. Brush the outside of the package and place on baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350F. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly. Eat up! 

I drew for you, and I can't draw.


You Get No Printable Recipe
It would just be silly...

36 comments:

Lauren said...

Hey.. good thing I work alone, because this is "NSFW". And I am intrigued. Can you make me one with roasted, crushed almonds?

Annie said...

Even thoug it may not look pretty it looks delicious and that's all that really matters right? I don't even care much for coconut but am salivating over these!

Bridgett said...

Oh wow, this looks brilliant. I'm afraid I wouldn't share! I love your drawing and I see you are quite the artist as I am. Love it! Safe flight to you.

Kristina @ spabettie said...

I love the "you get no printed recipe" ;) "you'll get no recipe and LIKE it!!"

this looks awesome. I had no idea what it was (except DELICIOUS!) when I saw the photo on twitter last night.

minds in the gutter? if I recall, YOU started it!! :D

and I own property there, so yeah. I went there.

and I will be making this there.

BakingWithoutaBox said...

I love this! Dirty mind and all. Cuz you know you can't talk about banana curvature without my brain going gutter. Awesome!

ravienomnoms said...

What a great idea!

Jami (Sensical Musings) said...

Look pretty tasty to me!! Guess my mind is more hungry than dirty...

Elizabeth said...

bwahahahaha...oh my, that IS the ugliest picture ever. But I commend you for getting dush a decent final shot, it looks pretty good in the lead picture. I'd eat it, especially if you made it for me.

Also, *applause*, that's for the diagram. Thanks for that...;)

bb's mom said...

it tasted really good too! good thing i bought bananas yesterday. and great that i hadn't spoon fed myself all the nutella yet.

by the way-she must get her gutter mind from her dad!

Stephanie said...

This reminds me of the nutella and banana sandwiches I used to eat as a kid - but a more 'grown-up version' :) - thanks for sharing, and I feel your pain in wrapping filo dough!

Tiffany said...

I LOVE the drawings! ... And the flavor combo, of course!

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

Ah a classic love story! Is it weird the phallic nature makes me want to try this recipe even more?

Jason Phelps said...

You ask us not to think in the gutter and then you say "learned that a slight adjustment in both the angle and curvature of the { insert euphimism here }made all the difference" about your technique!!!!

I bet it tastes great though.

Jason

C Thornton said...

I feel like the world is a better place with this recipe. And the pictures. And the storyboard.

Medeja said...

Easy and cute sweet thing :) Really nice idea

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love this!

Michael and Natalie said...

I think I'll make this tomorrow. Kudos to you for such an incredibly easy and obviously delicious dessert! As far as the phallic aspect is concerned, that would easily be remedied by a little asymmetrical slice in the middle with one piece up ended, or sliced up with sushi. Honestly, I'm just so pleased with your creativity!

Ms. WhitePlates said...

If you lay phyllo flat on a table and use the corner of your knife to score it, it's super easy to cut. Just sayin. In case you ever have to serve your grandmother this decadent tube of yum.

Anonymous said...

I made the famous Ze Flourless Chocolate Cake for Christmas. Rich, decadent, tender and huge success. Wanted to make it again for New Years Eve. Not any more, it will be Banana and Nutella. Thanks for the brilliant simple idea. Like everything simple - GENIUS. Daniela

Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle said...

My mind was not in the gutter til you took it there; have you been hanging out too much around a certain salty person?

First photo was actually good enough to make me want to try it; now...um, I need some disassociation techniques!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

OMG this is fabulous! And not too unhealthy either for a nice treat. This may be my new go-to dessert.

briarrose said...

Hysterical post. ;) Looks like a tasty little treat.

Baking Barrister said...

But Natalie... (of Michael &), that would have taken the fun out of it!

Steph said...

Ok , you caught me, totally had a dirty thought for a moment, but only because you mentioned it :) I'm sure this tastes amazing!!

Amy said...

This sounds like a delicious combo with the crunchy filo, sweet chocolaty nutella and soft fruity banana! Great idea!

~ Chef Louise said...

cute-funny-delicious...
happy new year

Lentil Breakdown said...

I thought it was all about girth! Regirthless, the final pic is incredible! I nearly dropped my drawers, I mean jaw, when I opened the page. Great post. Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

Check out your artistic flair, lady! Loving it, just as I'm loving this creation of yours. Nutella, banana & filo? Heaven. Also, and this is probably just me, I think the original phallic version is simply beautiful. But no guesses as to why that is...

Jax x

Trish said...

I didn't have a dirty thought in my mind, until you put one there. lol. All my favorite ingredients in one - nutella, banana, and coconut. You can't go wrong with this one. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year to you!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I resisted reading this post until now. Twitter talks about nutella are already dangerous enough...I knew what was going to happen had I seed the post, recipe, and pictures of you. Then your post pop up in my google reader and I could not avoid it anymore. I promised I was not going to eat nutella anymore this year....but the year will be over soon so I guess I can go ahead and make this tomorrow. Happy new year BB!

Joanne said...

LOL your humor is great. And the food is awesome too =)

Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo said...

I only have one word: uh-maz-ing.

fortheloveofyum said...

hehe too bad the shape of the banana is such. regardless this dessert looks fab! i need to send this recipe to my mom, she is the #1 fan of the banana and chocolate combo.

Amy at TheSceneFromMe said...

OMG this looks sinfully delicious! I want one now!

veggietestkitchen said...

i have a very similar 'certain' female parent who is always railing on me about finishing random perishable items. glad to know i'm not alone. now that your philo dish was a success maybe you can try other things? i've seen interesting philo pistachio pockets and other things that look awesome.

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

O i love banana and nutella together! Stumbled upon your blog through common friends and so loving it!

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